Thursday media watch [12.06.14 AM]: More Keane speculation
Birmingham Mail: New recruit Joe Cole is convinced Villa's crop of youngsters have the potential to get better and better. Cole, 32, is no longer the bright young talent with several years ahead of him. But he has been through the maturing process that a host of Villa's young guns are embarking on.
Birmingham Mail: Former Aston Villa and Birmingham City bossAlex McLeish says he is keen to get back into football management, even if it means looking abroad.
Belfast Telegraph: Martin O'Neill has given Roy Keane a July 31 deadline to decide if he wants to accept Aston Villa's offer to become Paul Lambert's assistant manager. Having confirmed that Lambert and Keane have already met to discuss the possibility of the Republic of Ireland manager moving to the Premier League club, O'Neill express his openness to the idea of a job-sharing arrangement being struck.
Sky Sports: Martin O'Neill does not want questions over Roy Keane's future as Republic of Ireland assistant dragging on into next season. Keane emerged as a candidate to become Paul Lambert's second in command at Villa Park last week, not long after taking his name out of the race to take over as Celtic manager.
RTE: Martin O'Neill confirmed he has discussed with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert the possibility of his Republic of Ireland assistant manager, Roy Keane, joining the Premier League club in a coaching role. Reports of Keane being approached to join the Villa staff followed the Irish squad during their week-long visit to the US for friendlies against Costa Rica and Portugal.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert was impressed by Joe Cole's attitude and has backed the former England star to become a key player for Aston Villa. Cole signed a two-year deal to join Villa as a free agent this week and is keen to play a central role in Lambert's plans for a better season at Villa Park next term.
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